Step 1: NDIS Contact, eligibility and access.
Find out about your eligibility and whether or not your area is being brought on stream for NDIS at www.ndis.gov.au.
What if I’m already receiving services?
You can continue to access services while you’re joining the NDIS. It may well be that you’re eligible for more support under the NDIS. A representative of the NDIA will contact you to discuss your switch to the NDIS and your ongoing support needs through the transition.
What if I’m not currently accessing a disability service?
You can still join the NDIS if you’re not currently accessing a disability service. If you are not currently accessing a disability service, you will need to complete and submit an Access Request form to the NDIA. Vision Australia can assist with this (link/prompt to contact?).
From 1 July 2016, the NDIS has been rolling out around Australia. It’s being introduced in stages to ensure it is successful and sustainable. People will enter the NDIS differently depending on where they live and the type of support they currently receive.
To find out when the NDIS is coming to your area visit www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.
Step 2: Getting plan ready
Think about what you really need and want to achieve ahead of your planning session. Vision Australia can help work through this to articulate all of the supports you need.
Your NDIS plan is based on you and your needs. It’s all about what your situation is today, and what type of life you would like to lead. It then identifies the support you may need to help make that life a reality.
The NDIA will allocate a consultant to help develop your plan. This might be a NDIS planner, a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or an Early Childhood Partner. To get ready for this planning session, it’s a great idea to start thinking about what your support needs are and what your goals might be.
At Vision Australia, we can support you to prepare for the planning process. We have developed a fully accessible Planning Guide. We can support you to complete this, or you can complete the guide on your own.
Download the Planning Guide
Step 3: Your NDIS planning session
Develop a plan that is going to suit your situation. You can take a support person to the planning session to assist you through the process.
Include content around the planning meeting from ‘Your NDIS planning guide’.
- Do some preparation. You may wish to use the Planning Guide, which you can then take to your meeting.
- Feel free to take a support person with you to your planning meeting. If you would like us to attend, contact us to book a time.
- Bring supporting documentation as it will make the planning conversation easier.
- Completed Planning guide and materials.
- Past therapy or specialist assessments.
- Letter(s) from your doctor or therapist to talk about your needs.
- Plans and diary appointments for day programs or community activities.
- Anything else that helps to communicate what you do now and what you want to do in future.
- After your planning meeting, the NDIA will provide you with an NDIS Plan, detailing the funding and support you can access.
You can request to be put in touch with Vision Australia for services, or get in touch with us yourself.
Step 4: Selecting your provider
Vision Australia are a registered NDIS provider and leading provider of services to people who are blind or have low vision. Contact us to find out how we can support you to meet your NDIS goals.
Vision Australia provides services, advice and assistive technology to ensure people who are blind or have low vision have access to, and fully participate in, every part of life – when and as they choose. These supports are considered “improved daily living”. Look for this in your plan.